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Ricky Hatton Involved in Fight with Father, Ray Hatton Arrested

Ricky Hatton and father Ray were reportedly involved in a fight with one another on Thursday, a day before Ricky announced his return to boxing. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
Ricky Hatton and father Ray were reportedly involved in a fight with one another on Thursday, a day before Ricky announced his return to boxing. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

The day before announcing his return to the boxing ring, Ricky Hatton was reportedly involved in a fight with his father, Ray Hatton, with the 61-year-old elder Hatton arrested and cautioned:

Hatton, 33, and his father traded punches following a heated argument, the Independent newspaper reported.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Shortly before 11:45 BST on Thursday, police received reports that there had been a fight involving two men outside a health and fitness club on Market Street.

"A 33-year-old man was assaulted by a 61-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of common assault and subsequently given a police caution."

The statement said the 33-year-old man was not injured.

Hatton made his comeback official yesterday at a press conference, and there his explanation for doing so was pretty lengthy, as he said he's fighting for redemption and to make people proud of him again.

Ray Hatton used to help manage Ricky's career, and didn't seem particularly pleased or interested in his son's comeback when recently asked:

"I don’t know a great deal about it because I’ve retired and leave it to other people now. ... He’s his own man now and basically does what he wants to do in the end."

I think it's fairly easy to assume there's some pretty serious disagreements between the two over this decision, which you can only hope they deal with, but people are people. This isn't the most PC or "modern" thing in the world to say, but fathers and sons have been fighting since the dawn of time, and they always will.

I mean, I'm not dismissing this, I think it's just one of those things that's up to the Hattons to deal with. It's only somewhat connected to boxing, in that one could guess the decision for Ricky to fight again has created friction.

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